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Instruments  Guitar
Name  Will Bernard

Role  Guitarist
Music group  Rockamovya
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Labels  Palmetto, Posi-tone, Verve, Dreck to Disk, Warner Bros.
Associated acts  The Will Bernard Band 4tet Motherbug Fully Loaded Stanton Moore Trio Hieroglyphics Ensemble
Albums  Motherbug, Blue Plate Special, Just Like Downtown
Similar People  Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter, Scott Amendola, Peter Apfelbaum, Johnny Vidacovich

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Will Bernard is a guitarist and band leader from the San Francisco Bay Area, now living in Brooklyn, New York. He has led the Will Bernard Band, Will Bernard Trio, Will Bernard 4-tet, and Motherbug.


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Bernard's first major touring and recording was with Peter Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble. In the mid-1990s he joined guitarists Charlie Hunter and John Schott as T.J. Kirk. The band's name originally "James T. Kirk" tributed James Brown, Thelonious Monk and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Their second release, If Four Was One, received a 1997 Grammy Award nomination. Bernard also received a Grammy Award nomination for his own Party Hats in 2007.

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Bernard has played with many musicians including Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, The Coup, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Frequinox, Idris Muhammad, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Zigaboo Modeliste, Groundation and the Stanton Moore Trio. In January 2008 Bernard recorded his second album with the Palmetto label including John Medeski on keyboards, Stanton Moore on drums and Andy Hess on bass which was released as Blue Plate Special.

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Selected discography

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  • Finding My Way Home - Rinde Eckert (1992)
  • If Four Was One - T.J. Kirk (1997)
  • Medicine Hat - Will Bernard Quartet (1998)
  • Motherbug (2000)
  • Directions To My House - Will Bernard Trio (2004)
  • III - Stanton Moore (2006)
  • Party Hats - Will Bernard (2007)
  • Sketchy - Wil Blades (2007)
  • Emphasis! (On Parenthesis) - Stanton Moore (2008)
  • Night for Day - Bernard Emer Lackner Ferber (2008)
  • Rockamovya (2008)
  • Blue Plate Special - Will Bernard (2008)
  • Bad as Me - Tom Waits (2011)
  • Outdoor Living - Will Bernard Trio (2012)
  • Just Like Downtown - Will Bernard (2013)

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